Northamptonshire Future Restructure consultation

As you may all be aware, Northamptonshire’s local authorities have been “invited” by the government to submit a proposal to restructure local government in Northamptonshire by the end of August 2018. 

Specifically, the councils are consulting until 22nd July 2018 on a proposal to replace the existing County, District and Borough councils with two new unitary authorities: (see www.futurenorthants.co.uk for more information). 

The current proposal is that one of these Unitary Authorities will consist of;

Daventry District Council [pop, 80,000; Band D council tax – £156; in the black],

South Northants District Council [pop 90,000; Band D council tax – £189; in the black] and

Northampton Borough Council [pop 225,000; Band D council tax – £219; in the red]

There are obvious disadvantages on their way for residents of Daventry & South Northants districts, under this set up…

Unfortunately the Government has set the criteria, stating that any Unitary Authority formed must have a population of at least 300,000; notwithstanding the fact that of the 55 UAs in England, only 11 have populations of 300,000 or more.

When I asked what evidence there was to support this figure as the minimum requirement for a Unitary Authority, Professor Colin Copus of Du Montfort University replied, “Excellent question; none, no evidence whatsoever…”

Dixie Hughes

I strongly urge everyone to complete the consultation questionnaire available via www.futurenorthants.co.uk  before 22nd July.

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Amended agenda for Parish Council Meeting

Further to the post this time last week, below is an amended agenda for the meeting on 17th July.

Agenda

 

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Democracy in Daventry – Question Time 14th July 2018

The Future of Democracy in Daventry

Question Time

Get the facts and have your say

Speakers include: Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Cllr Ken Ritchie, Professor Colin Copus

Chair: Abigail Campbell

iCon Centre

University of Northampton

Eastern Way, Daventry NN11 0QB

Saturday 14th July

6.30-8pm

Doors open 6pm

Refreshments available

Please book your free place on Eventbrite (‘Democracy in Daventry’)

or contact Abigail Campbell abigailathome@gmail.com or 07989 421836

 

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Next meeting of Preston Capes Parish Council

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th July at 7.45pm in the village hall.  Documents required for the meeting are below:

Agenda

Draft minutes from June meeting

Q1 budget update

 

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